The Strawberry Patch Quilt, and Why I Quilt

 Like any community, the online quilting and sewing community is not perfect. There has been a bit of a firestorm (about something other than DS Quilts fabric at Joanns) about the nature of that community. Who belongs? Who is left out? What makes a quilter “modern” or “traditional”? Has quilting been “dumbed down” by popular bloggers who create relatively simple quilts? And then a discussion of garden variety frustrations, that happen in any community: cliques, feeling intimidated, some hating on particular patterns/designers/fabric lines.

I have mostly stayed out of the discussion, because I think it is ultimately unproductive, and because I tend to agree with Lee: I have loved being a part of the online quilting community. I don’t think it is particularly negative, or cliquish, or frustrating. If there is a particular blogger that drives me nuts, I just don’t read her/his blog. If there are people whose quilts seem (are) superior to mine, I tend to think it is because they are talented, have worked their tails off, are precise and patient, etc. I know that I have improved leaps and bounds in the last few years.

While I was making this quilt (which I finished before the baby arrived!), I thought a lot about why I sew (and blog), and here is a quick list, in no particular order:
1. Local Friends–this quilt, which reminds me of a strawberry patch, was inspired not by a blogger, but by a quilt my best friend made last year. It was gorgeous, and perfect, and easily my favorite quilt made by anyone all year. I changed up the fabrics and the colors, and it isn’t nearly as lovely as hers was. :) I am lucky to have tons and tons of friends that sew, and getting together and sewing with them is one of my favorite things in the world.

2. Feedback: Who doesn’t love feedback? Flickr and blogging are a great way to get feedback.
3. Skill building–I have learned SO much over the last few years. Check out the machine binding! It worked.
4. Online friends–I am so looking forward to meeting people I have met online at Quilt Market and the Sewing Summit.
5. I appreciate having a creative outlet. I am not artistic in any other way!
6. I love completing a project. It stays completed. I get satisfaction out of it.
7. Inspiration online–have you ever seen so much talent and beauty in one place?

I’m pretty sure I could go on and on, but I’m late to pick up kids from school.

Enjoy sewing. Enjoy the weekend. Linked up at my favorite, Sew & Tell Fridays at Amy’s, and also the fabulous Quiltstory.

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24 Comments

  1. Posted April 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Oh. Yummy quilt colors. I made one in those colors a while back. For some reason it always reminds me of bubble gum.

  2. Posted April 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on getting the quilt made before the babay came – quite an accomplishment!

  3. Posted April 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I thought bubblegum as well. Beautiful job!

  4. Posted April 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    yep, I can relate to those reasons! Super cute quilt… and I love the quilting/bloggy community too! It is my sanity some days!

  5. Posted April 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful quilt!

  6. Posted April 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I love this quilt!
    I guess I’m not in-the-know about the firestorm! This is the first I’ve heard of it! But I love your list, and I agree with everything you said here!

  7. Posted April 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Lovely quilt!! I get all my inspiration from my blogging friends!

  8. Meg
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Very sweet little quilt, and I totally relate to your reasons for quilting/blogging as well!

  9. Posted April 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Love the cute quilt with the pinks and greens! I love the quilting blogging community – great tutorials, encouragement, and lovely things to look at daily. Thanks for your contribution to it!

  10. Kristen
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic!! Gorgeous colors! Exactly… I have been seeing it too and got particularly irritated today. Whatever… I will not be in high school again! I am who I am and I wish everyone would just stop, shut up, and sew! And I mean that in the nicest possible way! :)

    Keep the inspiration coming Kate!

  11. Posted April 30, 2011 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I agree with all your points! And I love your quilt.

  12. Posted April 30, 2011 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Lovely quilt! And as you know, I completely agree with you on the blogging community. Love being a part of it, for so many reasons.

  13. Dayna
    Posted April 30, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your heart about your blogging experience.

  14. Posted April 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    love your post, love your hosesty and this is such a great quilt, the colors are so happy

  15. Posted April 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    What a fun quilt! Love the blocks on the back as well!

  16. Posted April 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous quilt and a great post. Both are refreshing!!

  17. Sheila
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    I love this quilt, and the name suits it perfectly! Congrats on successfully trying machine binding…I have yet to make that leap!

  18. Posted May 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    This is a really lovely quilt, and a great post. I think you have said what a lot of people are thinking at the moment!

  19. Posted May 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Your strawberry patch quilt is lovely – I really like how you did the back too! Nice!

  20. Posted May 2, 2011 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Lovely quilt! And I agree with all your reasons for loving quilting!

  21. Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful. Love it. = )

  22. Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous! I love the color combo of green and pink, always.
    My head’s too far up in the clouds to pay any attention to dramaz in interwebs land. I tend to love everyone. Unless they say something mean about my kid, then I come down from la-la land and internet-shun them 😉

  23. Posted May 4, 2011 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Lovely post, well said. And that quilt is just beautiful! Hourglass is definitely on my someday to-do list!

  24. Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    those pinks and greens work so well together 😉

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